Sunday, March 5, 2017

Catching Up

Feels like I'm always catching up.  So much to do.  I finished machine quilting the final two quilts that I had pinned a couple weeks ago.  I'm still working on the binding on one, but here is the one for my nephew and his wife.

It's a free pattern called Bravo Indigo from Michael Miller Fabrics.  My colors are navy, white and yellow.  I didn't use the Michael Miller Fabrics, I used the grunge fabric by Moda.  Here's a link to the pattern.

I was afraid that they would be afraid to use it so I made sure there was some soft and fun fabrics on the back.  I got this  Texas A&M fleece.  I also used batting so it's pretty fluffy and heavy. They have  a cabin so I'm sure they will use it there.

I did catch up on the Fat Quarter Shop designer mystery quilt - blocks 8 & 9.

And I'm caught up to February on The Quilt Show's mystery.

I also machine embroidered 5 labels and 2 Christmas projects to work on eventually.  The labels I will work on attaching this week as well.  So much to do.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Two more quilt tops done

Two weeks ago I pinned 6 quilts.  I finished 2 easy ones right of way (see previous post) and this past week I finished two more.  The first one I finished was this one.  It's not my top.  It's for a lady from my friendship group who doesn't quilt much anymore but has a few tops she wants finished.  I just machine quilt for her.  (She's a hand quilter.)

I got the ruler machine quilting foot for my Bernina and decided to try using it with this quilt.  It will take a while to get more comfortable using them, but I can tell I was better at it by the end of the quilt.  Practice, practice, practice.  I will probably use a straight edge ruler for one or both of the 2 remaining quilts I have to finish.

I then decided to work on this English Paper Pieced quilt top.  I started this more than 10 years ago, usually piecing in the car when my husband and I would go to Cambria on the weekends.  The fabrics are all from quilts I've made over the years.  The top has been done for over 2 years and finally figured out how I wanted to quilt it.  I also have been hoarding a piece of Merimekko fabric for years that I decided to use for the back.

Two more quilts to go before I can piece again.   I have a lot of BOM's to catch up on once I get to it.  The next two quilts are pretty modern and I'm researching magazines and Pinterest for ideas.  Still haven't decided.

Tomorrow I have a play to go to.  Dirty Dancing is playing in Fresno.  So I have another day to research before I get down to business of quilting again.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy Valentines Day quilt

I can't tell you how long it's been since I've had this kit.  I know I bought it on clearance at least 2 years ago.
It's already hanging in my bedroom.  It's supposed to have heart buttons but the buttons they gave me are more on the burgundy side instead of red and I didn't really like them.  So I am leaving it like this.  That is ric-rac going through the blocks.  And I used only the blocks with dogs in them except one that has cookie in it.  That's in honor of my mom.

I also finished this little one.
It's for my grand niece but it will stay at her grandma's house because her mommy said quilting just 'wasn't her thing'.   So I asked my sister if she wanted a quilt at her house for when her grandkids visit and she said yes.  I already had the hexagons all cut and ready so I wanted to make it and get it out of my stash.

I have 4 more quilts pinned and ready to go.  Just need some inspiration.

Also during the Superbowl party my friend had (all quilting ladies quilting all day) I finished another block of my applique block of the year.  It's called that because it takes me about a year to finish one block.  The gingerbread men will eventually have button eyes.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

En Provence is Finsihed

I finished quilting the En Provence quilt from the Bonnie Hunter 2016/2017 Mystery.
Didn't take any close ups.  I did bind in a very light purple; one of the lights I used in the top.  I did a lot of ditch stitching and some other little quilting in the lighter areas.  But not much.  It's so busy you wouldn't be able to see any fancy stitching.  But it's done.

I did go to the Road 2 California quilt show in Ontario last weekend.  What a great show and I took 2 very fun classes.  One was Anita Grossmon Solomon's 2 color pineapple class.  I'm making mine in orange and black.  The other was an EQ7 class - applique and foundation piecing.  I am amazed at all the things I can do in that program that I never knew about.  The smart thing would have been to go home and play more, but I haven't yet.

These are the ladies I roomed with.
From left to right:  me, Kathy M., Diane M. and Janice M.  The hotel screwed up our room again.  This is the 3rd time the hotel has screwed up or canceled our reservations so we will try another hotel next year.  The only room they had available was $50 more a night.  But we needed a room so what could we do.

And the lady in black is our friend Anna K. who was with 2 other ladies in another room but did see us each night for show and tell.

And not only was it a beautiful show with so many great quilts, there was shopping!

I actually bought more fabric and some thread but that was for a friend so it doesn't count.  And not shown here are some machine quilting rulers (for domestic machines).

I'm currently working on my nephew and his wife's wedding quilt.  I think they have been married about 5 years.  It's a pattern called Bravo Indigo.  I also got a quilt from my friend Janice that is pinned and ready to quilt.  She decided she didn't want to finish it so she said if I wanted to quilt it and keep it or donate it, it was fine with her.  I plan to use it to play with my new rulers.  It's a pretty modern quilt so it will be fun to play.  I also received a quilt top from an older lady in my friendship group who I occasionally do some quilting for.  It's her challenge stack 'n whack quilt and she left me some great quilting areas.  So I will have a couple busy weeks ahead of me.

Until the next finish....thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Goals

My resolution list (or list of fabric packs or kits) listed below posts was not inspiring me to finish anything on the list.  Maybe because the list is too long and should be even longer since I didn't add a lot of packs/fabrics added in 2016.  So I've narrowed down my list to 15 quilts that I want and/or need to get done.  These are all UFO's or quilts I need to make for gifts.  This does not mean I won't work on other quilts but that I want to try and get all these done by the end of this year.  So here it goes.

1.    Bonnie Hunter En Provence Mystery -top done – need to pin and quilt.  Check out what everyone else's tops look like here at Bonnie Hunter's blog.

2.    Bonnie Hunter Orca Bay-started and scraps set aside so I won't use on anything else

3.    Circle of Illusion – circle done – need to work on how to set it.  Thinking applique in corners.

4.    Halloween embroidery-Embroidery done-need to make something with them

5.    Kurt/Liz Bravo Indigo quilt-Fabric cut and some HST done.

6.    Addy’s I Spy quilt-Fabrics cut
Like this but with red star points and probably pink outer border.
7.    Tumbling Block-all hand PP done and border on – just need to square up and quilt.

8.    FQS Mystery-won’t get all the blocks until June-keeping up monthly.

9.    Quilt Show BOM - Halo Medallion -Just started in January.  Have 1st block done.

10.  Guild Challenge-pick an iconic song and put it in a quilt-Haven’t started but have idea
11.   Guild mystery-have clues.  Haven’t started
12.   Orange/Black Pineapple- Anita Grossman Solomon R2CA class quilt -class in mid-January

13.   Christmas Ornaments 2017-finished 1(of 5 needed)
14.   Twirly Balls-from Sue Garman class in 2015- blocks done – just need to design setting

15.   Miniature Diamond Log Cabin-have a couple sections done.  

Sounds overwhelming when you type it out.  Besides the gift quilts, none of these HAVE to be done so I won't get upset if I don't finish them all.  It will be my challenge.  I have a ton of scraps so I will probably work on some smaller scrap quilts if time permits.  (Orca Bay is one of the scrap quilts.)

Going to Road 2 California quilt show in a couple weeks.  Taking 2 classes.  Anita Grossman Solomon's pineapple class and an EQ7 class.  Going with a few friends and always have a good time.  I have a list of things I need to get.  I finally got my Bernina domestic machine ruler foot so I need to get rulers.  I don't need any fabrics at this point, but that won't stop me from looking and possibly buying.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Year In Review (Quilts & Stuff)

But first, look at this.  This is the Bonnie Hunter 2016 annual mystery quilt top (not quilted yet)
 And the first block of the Quilt Show's Block of the Moth.
I went to a friends to sew for 4 days over the new year and I got a lot accomplished.  More that what is above.  But no pictures of those other things.  It was a great weekend.  My friend Janice is a wonderful hostess and Elaine and I both enjoyed all her wonderful recipes she made for us.

I did finally get my 2016 Quilts montage done.   Here are the quilts and other things I finished in 2016.

 This is most of the boutique items I made for the local quilt guild.

I finished 10 of the my resolution list quilts that I posted on the right.
 I'll talk about this list in another post.

Here is all the thread spools I emptied this year.  I decided last January 1 to keep track.

I did get to see my grandkids and have a little Christmas with them last week.  They are growing like a weed and are absolutely beautiful.  Here they are.  Jack likes to keep the surprise as long as he can so he opens all his gifts with his eyes closed.

Thanks for looking.  My 2017 resolution list is being fine tuned.  Again, that will be a whole other post.
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 Ornaments

Each year, my siblings and I exchange home-made ornaments.  We've been doing this for years and my Christmas tree is full of all these wonderful ornaments.

First the ornaments I made.  I cross stitched three for my siblings and just ran out of time for the two extra's for my older nephews.

For my little sister Beverly

For my Sister-in-Law Marcy

And my older sister Brenda

And these for my two older nephews.

Speaking of my nephews, my oldest nephews wife gave birth today -- my first grand niece.  Meet Adeline Margaret.  Margaret was my mother's name who passed away 3 years ago, so that they used her name as the baby's middle name means a lot.

My dad is thrilled to be a great-grandfather and we plan on taking him to visit her in April.

Here are the ornaments I got from my siblings.
My brothers wonderful woodwork.

My little sister and her wonderful painting work.

And Brenda made this awesome etched glass ornaments.  
And received this little video from my grandchildren yesterday.  We get to see them and exchange gifts this Friday.  Can't wait.

I did work on my Bonnie Hunter mystery clue 5 but didn't get a picture before I packed it away for my upcoming quilting in the new year retreat at a friends.  So excited.  4 days of sewing with friends.

In the meantime, I have unpacked all my stuff from this weekend at my dads, and cleaned a little and now have to get ready to go again this weekend.

I had a wonderful and quiet Christmas with my dad, brother, sister-in-law and niece.  And on Christmas eve, Kevin and Lori and their son Kyle came for dinner which is always great fun.  We forgot to take pictures this year.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Thanks for looking.